Fascinating piece on the Glasgow Empire Exhibition of 1938 on the BBC site today, marking the 75th anniversary of the grand and opulent festival which took over Bellahouston Park to celebrate the strength, particularly in terms of industry, of the British Empire and British production at that point in history.
One of my favourite current DJs and record collectors is Australia's Steele Bonus. Check out his SoundCloud for starters. Marvellous stuff.
Hoping this crowd-funded documentary about Father Yod and The Source Family comes to Scotland sometime soon. Looks tremendous.
On this day in 1920, the late, great Saul Bass was born. Here is a short animation from the man from 1968 which is very different in style from the trademark title sequences for which he is best known. Rest In Peace Saul. A true genius.
Revisiting this tasty and diverse mix from Amsterdam's Young Marco this morning. One of the best mixes I heard all of last year. Racket Racket has a mix from Marco coming soon too. This one is the perfect vibe to start the week, nice and easy.
Highly recommended book this one. A retrospective of the photography of Harry Papadopoulos.
Good to see Glasgow based surrealist artist, David Shrigley, on the shortlist for this year's Turner Prize. Good luck to all!
"A streak of subversive humour runs through the work of Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Tino Sehgal, Laure Prouvost and David Shrigley – all nominated for this year's £40,000 art prize"
New mix from Jamie Tiller on Test Pressing. Nice start to the week.
If you're a fan of the city of Sheffield's synth-pop music scene of the 80s you might enjoy this interview feature with the extremely likeable and down-to-earth iconic post-punk pop outfit, the Human League... Originally shown on ITV in November 1986 it is largely filmed at Phil and Joanne’s house in Sheffield with Susan and Ian from the band in there too. Enjoy.
Postcard Records documentary featuring an interview with the charismatic label founder Alan Horne. Really great watch this one, especially the finale song from Paul Quinn. Unbelievably good.
Wow. Think we may have found a new favourite Scottish song and video combo. Absolutely mental but totally brilliant. Get this one cranked up!
Lovely little animated short re-scored by the extremely talented Glasgow based designer and artist, Craig Gallacher AKA Grampian Mountains. Something to ease you slowly into the Easter weekend's potential madness! Hope you enjoy it.
The Blue Nile: Hats - the full album on YouTube. Perfect album from one of Glasgow's best ever bands...
The House of Nonsense, 1910.
This looks like a great event. Ken McCluskey who is a big fan of KILTR incidentally; and who I interviewed for the first issue of the So & So fanzine is presenting a celebration of the amazing work of Harry Papadopoulos as part of the Aye Write festival. Recommended!
Really great blog this one - strictly for fans of the Postcard late 70s and early 80s scene.
Interesting news afoot from the cult online showbiz magazine, Popbitch, as they launch their paid-for online magazine.
"Popbitch, the showbiz gossip website, is to launch a paid-for online magazine that will feature contributions from The Power of Nightmares documentary-maker Adam Curtis.
The site, which is co-owned by Camilla Wright, will launch the paid-for app in May offering longer reads alongside Popbitch's trademark online celebrity gossip and weekly newsletter. Popbitch's app will be produced on either a monthly or twice monthly basis.
The new digital magazine will have creative input from Curtis, whose other polemical BBC documentaries include The Mayfair Set and The Century of the Self.
His first contribution is an online video, Popbitch: the next generation, made in collaboration with Brass Eye and South Park writer Jane Bussman, promoting the app and accompanying Kickstarter funding drive that launched on Tuesday and is seeking to raise £25,000 in the next month for creative projects. In return contributors will get various rewards including party invitations and membership of a founders club.
Wright is hoping the Kickstarter move will attract investment for specific editorial projects on top of seed investment she has already secured for the new digital magazine.
She said she expected consumers to pay about £1 or £2 for an issue of the app but that the price is still being discussed by her and her team, which includes Private Eye journalist Adam Macqueen.
The promo promises a "bigger bolder publication", for people who "love popular culture but might not trust the industry and the bullshit that goes with it".
Curtis is also part of the advisory, editorial and planning committee for the new paid-for venture.
Decisions about the content and look of the new magazine are still being thrashed out but it will be more international, more investigative and more in-depth, but with the same irreverent editorial attitude that Popbitch has become know for, Wright said. It will also have video content, and suggestions from Kickstarter donors are also expected to shape the creative direction of the new title.
"The idea is that everyone is moving to free but we are keen to go the other way," said Wright.
"To have good journalism you have to pay for it, it's as simple as that. Good longform journalism and proper investigations cannot be made for free. There is less money in journalism and we want to use the skills of people who are well trained and experienced and need outlets – both world-famous names and so-far unknown talents."
Wright said that the site would not be positioned in opposition to celebrities and the showbusiness industry, but added that it would not be seeking to cosy up to celebrities.
"Celebrities have increasingly come to influence our lives – just look at this week's press regulation talks – but employ so many publicists and lawyers it's not always easy to give an objective view of what they're up to.
"We aim to do this as we don't need access to celebrities and I suspect a lot of our writers will be working anonymously for us," she said. "We want something that is both really serious and really silly as well."More
This is the best animated gif I've seen in a long time. From the The Richard Balzer Collection blog, it's a belter!
Nice wee video with Stephen Pastel and Douglas T Stewart in Kelvingrove Park in the 80s. Stephen hasn't changed much has he!?
One for the prog rock fans out there on Racket Racket. Tjis 1991 documentary provides a comprehensive overview of Yes, one of the UK's most loved bands. Plenty in here from their early days which as well.